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Although the year 2020 was a trying one in so many ways, one bright spot that we at CFIF repeatedly highlighted is the wondrous way in which America's pharmaceutical sector came to the rescue, achieving in one year what typically takes a decade or more:  devising and perfecting not one, but multiple lifesaving vaccines.  It's therefore no surprise, but welcome nonetheless, that Americans' approval of our healthcare sector and its workers skyrocketed.  Their remarkable achievements have not gone unnoticed:

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1 End the Deadly Vaccine Delays

If you live in Florida or Texas and you're 65 or over, you can get in line for a COVID-19 vaccine at a mall, stadium or drive-thru center. You may have to wait for hours, but being in line is better than being in the dark. That's where most New Yorkers are – desperate to get the vaccine and with no way to sign up. It may be months before…

2 Leftists Hijacking Vaccination Rollout

You were warned about this first in July. Now, it's happening. On Sunday, the federal Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommended that seniors ages 65 to 74 be moved toward the back of the line for the COVID-19 vaccine. The reason, says ACIP, is that "racial and ethnic minority groups (are) under-represented" in this age group…

3 Bayh-Dole Act of 1980 Fueled Drug Innovation, but Some Now Seek to Reverse That

"You say you’ve got a real solution, well, you know, We’d all love to see the plan… You say you’ll change the constitution, well, you know, We’d all love to change your head…" —"Revolution," by John Lennon and the Beatles As John Lennon observed in his trademark acerbic fashion, it…

4 “Suspend Intellectual Property Rights” for Pharmaceuticals? No, Strengthen Them

Would you drag yourself out of bed every morning and commute into work if your earnings were later subject to confiscation and redistribution, leaving you no assurance that your sacrifice and effort would be rightfully rewarded?   Unless you possess a charitable streak wide enough to make Mother Teresa appear Ebenezer Scrooge by comparison…

5 CFIF Urges Congress to Reject Rate-Setting As 'Fix' to Surprise Billing Issue

  December 7, 2020   The Honorable Mitch McConnell   United States Senate Majority Leader 317  Russell Senate Office Building  Washington, D.C.  20510   The Honorable Kevin McCarthy Minority Leader, United States House of Representatives 2468 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 &…

6 Hands Off Operation Warp Speed

Joe Biden is fearmongering that "more people may die" because the Trump administration hasn't begun transitioning oversight over the COVID-19 vaccines to the Biden team. "There was a plan for 300 million doses to be available at the end of the year. What they're reporting now is 20 to 30 million doses available. Why? Where are the bottlenecks…

7 President Trump’s ‘Most Favored Nation’ Executive Order Always Was and Still Is a Prescription for Disaster

ALEXANDRIA, VA – Today, President Trump announced new details about implementation of the "Most Favored Nation" (MFN) executive order.  The rule relies on an International Pricing Index (IPI) to determine MFN pricing for certain Medicare drugs, meaning the price controls of foreign nations, many of which have socialized medicine…

8 CFIF Urges Withdrawal of "Most Favored Nation" Executive Order

November 16, 2020 The Honorable Donald J. Trump  President of the United States  The White House  1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW  Washington, DC 20500 Dear President Trump, On behalf of our more than 300,000 activists and supporters across the country, the Center for Individual Freedom (CFIF) urges you to halt implementation…

9 Vaccine Miracle: U.S. Pharma Naturally Leads the Way

This week, American pharmaceutical innovators delivered a new miracle of human ingenuity:  Less than twelve months since the coronavirus arrived, Pfizer Inc. announced a vaccine exceeding 90% effectiveness.   It shouldn’t surprise anyone that the private U.S. pharmaceutical sector led the way in bringing that miracle to the world…

10 A Vaccine Triumph

Monday's news that a COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer will be ready for FDA approval this month sent stock markets soaring and everyone celebrating. It is wonderful news for humanity. A vaccine will slow the deaths, end the lockdowns, allow businesses to reopen, free children to return to school and return life to normal within half a year.  Amazingly…

11 CFIF Unveils National Survey Highlighting Voters’ Health Care Priorities Ahead of the November Election

ALEXANDRIA, VA – The Center for Individual Freedom (CFIF) today released key findings of a national survey measuring the health care priorities of voters nationally and in 12 key swing states ahead of the November 2020 election.    The survey, which was conducted by Public Opinion Strategies for CFIF from September 28 –…

12 Canadian Drug Importation: Unfeasible and Potentially Deadly

With its population of just 38 million, Canada is little more than one-tenth the size of the United States at 330 million.   In fact, Canada has 1 million fewer residents than California alone.   Accordingly, the strangely persistent myth that importing drugs from Canada would substantively lower costs or otherwise improve American…

13 The Unscientific Attack On the Science of Dr. Scott Atlas

The news media until recently had rarely criticized the medical advice of experts — especially those who worked for federal bureaucracies, international organizations or elite universities. Yet the much-praised Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization, has demonstrably weakened the effort to fight…

14 Judge Barrett and Your Health Care

Democrats and their media allies are warning that putting Amy Coney Barrett on the Supreme Court will doom the Affordable Care Act. They predict tens of millions will be thrown off Medicaid and the sick will lose their preexisting conditions protections.  Don't fall for this fear-mongering. Here's a rundown of the false claims, with the facts…

15 Don't Muzzle Scientists Investigating COVID-19

Though the death toll from COVID-19 just hit a staggering 200,000 in the U.S., we still don't know the origins of this killer virus. China, which has been praised by the World Health Organization, has blocked independent investigation. Worse, social media platforms are accomplices to the cover-up. Last week, Facebook and Twitter did their best to cancel…

16 White House Drug Price Control Order Threatens U.S. Pharmaceutical Preeminence

In World War II, the United States became the world’s “Arsenal of Democracy,” a label introduced by President Franklin Roosevelt in a December 29, 1940, fireside chat as “a call to arm and support” nations allied against the unthinkable Axis menace as global war expanded.   Although Russians to this day chauvinistically…

17 The Folly of Biden's COVID-19 Advisers

The leftist media are claiming Joe Biden has an all-star team of experts ready to take over and vanquish the virus. In truth, they're undermining the single thing this nation needs to resume normal life – a vaccine. They'd also bring back the dangerous Obama-era idea of making people 65 and over a lesser priority for medical care. If…

18 CFIF Opposes Executive Order Importing Foreign Nations’ Socialized Medicine and Drug Price Controls

ALEXANDRIA, VA — Yesterday, President Trump committed a needless unforced error by signing the "Most Favored Nation" executive order, effectively green-lighting the importation of prescription drug price controls from foreign nations, including some with socialized healthcare systems.  A massive coalition of 80 conservative…

19 The Anti-Trumpers Trying to Block a Vaccine

Trump-haters are so determined to defeat the president that they're opposing emergency authorization of a COVID-19 vaccine. What a callous disregard for human life. Without a vaccine, another 100,000 fatalities are expected by year's end, according to Washington University epidemiologists. On Friday, Food and Drug Commissioner Stephen Hahn ignited…

20 U.S. Pharmaceutical Innovation Advances Apace

Lauran McLinn is a mother of another inspiring boy, Jordan.  Jordan has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a fatal muscle weakening disorder.  Jordan was at my side in Indiana when as governor, I signed a law allowing terminally ill patients to access experimental drugs not yet approved by the FDA.  In 2018, President Trump signed the landmark…

21 Trump Administration Must Correct Drug Price Control Executive Order Before the Damage Is Done

Imagine a political candidate promising, "Under my healthcare proposal, we will slash the number of new lifesaving drugs created and introduced to American consumers by 50% or more going forward."   Come again?   In all likelihood, you’d immediately wonder whether the candidate offering that proposal was intentionally…

22 CFIF Opposes State Attorneys General “March-In” Demand on Remdesivir

ALEXANDRIA, VA – This week, a group of state attorneys general issued a joint letter to the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) demanding that the federal government employ so-called “march-in” rights under the Bayh-Dole Act of 1980…

23 COVID-19 Lies Go Viral

Beware of three widely circulating COVID-19-related lies and the partisan motives behind them. These lies are dangerous to your children and how you cope with this virus. Lie No. 1: "The United States' response stands out as among the worst of any country." House Majority Whip James Clyburn leveled that charge, as he kicked off a hearing…

24 Using Lifesaving Drugs as a Means of Redistribution

When lifesaving drugs run low, hospitals have to choose which patients get a scarce drug, while others go without. Some even die. Historically, medical ethicists have recommended giving the drug to the patient most likely to benefit or using a lottery to give every patient an equal chance.  Not any more. Pennsylvania hospitals are tilting the…

25 CFIF Opposes White House Executive Order Importing Foreign Nations’ Socialized Medicine and Drug Price Controls

ALEXANDRIA, VA – Regrettably, the White House today announced an executive order that effectively imports drug price controls from foreign nations with socialized healthcare systems.  In response, Center for Individual Freedom (CFIF) President Jeffery Mazzella issued the following statement strongly opposing the order and encouraging immediate…

26 Yikes! It's Airborne

If you're working in an office or eating in a restaurant and someone 30 feet away exhales tiny particles of coronavirus, those particles can drift across the room and infect you. Picture cigarette smoke wafting across a room. Same thing. The precautions agencies like the World Health Organization and the federal CDC are telling you to take against…

27 Washington Bureaucrats Drag Their Feet Against the Virus

In a pandemic, government efficiency can make the difference between life and death. You'd expect our civil "servants" to rise to the occasion. Some are. But the Government Accountability Office, a federal watchdog, is sounding the alarm that, for the most part, Washington bureaucrats are dithering. The GAO report released June 25 uncovers…

28 Misguided “Buy American” Mandates Threaten New U.S. Drug Innovation

Well, that didn’t take long.  Just three months into the coronavirus lockdown, multiple vaccines are already set to enter final testing on an accelerated schedule next month, well ahead of the autumn timetable originally forecast.  Moderna Inc.’s vaccine will be tested first, followed by Johnson & Johnson’s in the…

29 Coalition Urges Against Denying Patents, Exclusivity and Property Rights to Biomedical Innovators

In a letter to Congress, CFIF joined with a large coalition on a letter expressing “strong opposition to the idea several Democratic lawmakers are pushing:  To deny patents, exclusivity, and property rights to biomedical innovators, targeted specifically at those working furiously on vaccines, diagnostics, therapies, and cures for…

30 Don’t Let Congressional Liberals Undermine Patent Rights Amid Coronavirus Fight

To better appreciate the towering leadership role that America’s pharmaceutical sector plays in the world, consider the following comparison metric.  In World War II, America earned the label “Arsenal of Democracy” by rapidly and massively mobilizing to lead the Allied victory through sheer scale of armament production and innovation…

 
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